Los Angeles-based startup Mira has unveiled a $99 USD AR headset that works seamlessly with the iPhone called the Prism. Mira’s Prism headset and accompanying remote were created to work with existing iPhones for a premium augmented reality experience at a fraction of the price. Users simply open an app on their iPhone, slide the phone into the Prism headset and begin exploring the wonders of interactive holographic content. Prism’s clear lenses enable users to remain present, setting the Mira experience apart from the isolation inherent in virtual reality.
With the power of Mira, multiple headset users can share an experience together, and anyone with an iOS device — iPad or iPhone — can use Mira’s Spectator Mode to join into the experience in real time, enabling collaborative exploration in augmented reality. Through Spectator Mode, users can also record video or capture photos of their friends’ experience and easily share via social media. This shared interaction is Mira’s first step toward connecting everyone in the augmented world.
Mira has partnered with select immersive content studios to create an initial suite of compelling interactive AR experiences for developers to learn from and consumers to play, all included when the Prism headset ships. Experiences range from solo challenges to multiplayer games, including mind-bending mixed-reality puzzles, holographic chess and digital warship battles, which make gaming in AR as dynamic as it is social. The remote tracks acceleration and rotation and enhances the AR experiences with a touchpad, trigger, and two buttons and can be used as a fishing rod, laser pointer, paintbrush, steering wheel, and magic wand. The opportunities enabled by the headset and remote are truly endless.
“As developers, we wanted a way to build and experiment in AR without the need for expensive equipment, and as AR enthusiasts, we wanted the opportunity to play and explore without limits. We challenged ourselves to build a mobile headset that would make AR accessible to anyone,” said Ben Taft, co-founder and CEO of Mira. “Prism is a bridge between the physical and digital worlds and Mira is creating the thread that lets people connect and share experiences.”
Mira’s Prism headset is available for pre-order now at mirareality.com for $99 USD and will ship to developers this fall, with consumer shipments coming in time for the holidays.